The Switch From Nikon To Canon

I just received my new Canon EOS Rebel XTi from BeachCamera.com today. It’s a great little SLR (about the same size as the Nikon D40) that has been receiving a lot of acclaim for its value (less than $800), performance (10.1 megapixels), and ingenuity (CMOS sensor cleaning).

My Nikon D100 was getting way too dated for me. It was a 6.1 megapixel SLR with 3 frames per second shooting for a buffer of 6 frames, versus the XTi’s 3 frames per second for a buffer of 27 frames! The reason I didn’t get another Nikon is because the D80 is too much for what I wanted to spend (~$900) and it doesn’t have some of the cool features that the XTi has. The Nikon D40 is way toooo entry level SLR for me and it isn’t compatible with many of the non Nikkor AF-S lens that I have. I also wanted to be able to use the famed L lenses by Canon and have always loved Canon’s SLR designs.

UPDATE: The pics are in the gallery here.

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2 thoughts on “The Switch From Nikon To Canon”

  1. I’ve been shooting with the Canon EOS Rebel 400D/XTi for more than a week now (had a loaner while waiting for my XTi to arrive) and I still love it!

    I originally thought I wouldn’t like it, but so far it does everything I want and more. Be on a look out for a long term review of my impressions with the Canon EOS Rebel 400D/XTi.

    I know that the Nikon D80 has been very well received and by all accounts is a slightly better SLR than the Canon EOS Rebel 400D/XTi is, but basically as my friend said, “We’re buying into the brand”. I definitely would love to upgrade someday to the Canon 1Ds Mark II, but for now I’m perfectly happy with the 400D/XTi. And its the camera purchasing/upgrading that is the major cost, it is the lenses. Fortunately, by the time I am able to upgrade, all those expensive lenses will still be compatible.

  2. Hi, This past year I switched from a Nikon D200, lenses, accessories, etc.. to a Canon 40d. I have not looked back. The nikon d200 just did not do it for all the sports. it was fine for everything else. I don’t do birding so 9 point af of the canon was fine. You don’t see hardly any Nikon lenses on the sidelines of sports events. I have all “L” lense except one and are better than the very good Nikon lenses I had. Now that Nikon has the D300 and D3 there is room to think about it again. However, I have thought about it and the Canon has the better lenses, so Canon it is even though I am a member of the Nikon Historical Society and still have some Nikon film cameras.

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